How can I make eLearning resources accessible?

A woman with a cognitive impairment smiles broadly as she uses accessible eLearning on her PC.

When you’re new to eLearning accessibility, it can feel overwhelming. There seem to be so many things you need to do to make eLearning resources accessible. On this page we explain how this site can help. We also give you links to our instructions and examples, based on vision, hearing, motor and cognitive impairments.

“When UX doesn’t consider ALL users, shouldn’t it be known as ‘Some User eXperience’ or SUX?”
Billy Gregory

eLaHub video explainer

1. How to use to make your eLearning resources accessible

  • Our examples include Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 A, AA and AAA standards, WCAG recommendations and also suggestions from other sources e.g. GOV.UK.
  • For each example, we have created an instruction page which translates the guideline or recommendation into plain English. It also gives practical demonstrations using rapid eLearning authoring tools.
  • You can access our instruction pages from the list of examples on this page. These are grouped according to the four types of impairments.
  • You can also access our instruction pages from the site header, or the icons on the home page. These are grouped into 3 categories, WCAG Level A, WCAG Level AA, and Advisory.

2. eLaHub standards and recommendations

WCAG divides its standards into four categories; Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust. If you are new to eLearning accessibility we think it’s easier to divide the standards according to each of the four types of impairments they cater for. This also makes sure that our instructions cover a broad range of impairments.

Select the links below to access our instructions and examples.

Visual impairments

Hearing impairments

Motor impairments

Cognitive differences

3. eLaHub example rapid authoring tools

For our examples, we have chosen three rapid authoring tools which show different approaches to eLearning authoring.

  • Articulate Storyline
  • Trivantis Lectora
  • CourseArc

Our eLaHub examples are not endorsements of these tools. They are just the clearest way, we could demonstrate how to meet the standards and recommendations which we give.

We want eLaHub to help as many eLearning professionals, using as many different rapid authoring tools as possible. If you have any examples using a different tool which you would like us to include, please contact us.

4. Disclaimer

The instructions we give, are our interpretations of a selection of the WCAG 2.1 standards and other accessibility recommendations. To make sure you meet all WCAG legal requirements, please refer to the full W3C WCAG 2.1 guidelines.

Each of our instruction pages is currently in a Beta state. We have asked for suggestions and recommendations from other eLearning professionals. We will be happy to make any changes, in order to improve them for everyone in the eLearning community.